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1967 World Ice Hockey Championships

1967 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Austria
Dates 18–29 March
Teams 8
Final positions
Champions   Soviet Union (7th title)
Runner-up   Sweden
Third place   Canada
Fourth place  Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Goals scored 205 (7.32 per match)
Attendance 172,800 (6,171 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Anatoli Firsov 22 points
1966
1968

The 1967 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 34th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Vienna, Austria from March 18 to March 29, 1967. For the fifth straight year, the Soviet Union won the tournament. They won all their games claiming their seventh World championship, and eleventh European. The competition for the other medals was very close, with Sweden, Canada, and Czechoslovakia all being in contention until the end. Sweden defeated Canada on the final day to clinch a medal and claimed Silver when the Czechs lost to the Soviets in the final game. Canada claimed Bronze, losing out to Sweden on the head-to-head tie-breaker. The East Germans handily defeated the West this year, which was believed to have settled who would be relegated. However, starting in 1969, the top tier shrank to only six nations meaning that both German entries ended up being relegated. The tournament also featured an historic first, when Finland defeated Czechoslovakia.[1]

In Group 'B' the championship was settled on the final day. With one game to play, both Romania and Poland had ten points, both had a goal differential of +14, and they had tied each other, so whoever won their final game by a wider margin would claim tournament victory. The Romanians defeated Yugoslavia five to three, and then had to watch as the Poles defeated Austria seven to two. The Polish team were quite fortunate that Romania had blown a lead on the second last day against Austria, but were very unfortunate that the change in the top tier format allowed for no promotion from Group 'B' Oddly, the leading scorer (Zoltán Horváth) came from the last placed team, Hungary. Japan won all four of their games by wide margins to claim Group 'C' but had to wait (like Poland) until 1969 for another chance to move up.

World Championship Group A (Austria)

Final Round

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
1  Soviet Union 7 7 0 0 58 - 09 14
2  Sweden 7 4 1 2 31 - 22 9
3  Canada 7 4 1 2 28 - 15 9
4  Czechoslovakia 7 3 2 2 29 - 18 8
5  United States 7 3 1 3 20 - 23 7
6  Finland 7 2 1 4 14 - 24 5
7  East Germany 7 1 1 5 14 - 38 3
8  West Germany 7 0 1 6 11 - 56 1
Both East and West Germany were relegated as the top tier shrank to six nations for 1969.
18 March Soviet Union  8-2
 Finland
18 March Czechoslovakia  6-2
 West Germany
18 March Sweden  3-4
 United States
18 March Canada  6-3
 East Germany
19 March Canada  5-1
 Finland
19 March Soviet Union  7-2
 United States
20 March Czechoslovakia  6-0
 East Germany
20 March Sweden  3-1
 West Germany
21 March Soviet Union  12-0
 East Germany
21 March Finland  1-5
 Sweden
21 March Canada  13-1
 West Germany
21 March Czechoslovakia  8-3
 United States
23 March Czechoslovakia  1-3
 Finland
23 March East Germany  2-8
 Sweden
23 March Soviet Union  16-1
 West Germany
23 March United States  1-2
 Canada
25 March East Germany  0-0
 United States
25 March Finland  2-2
 West Germany
25 March Soviet Union  9-1
 Sweden
25 March Czechoslovakia  1-1
 Canada
26 March United States  2-0
 Finland
26 March East Germany  8-1
 West Germany
27 March Czechoslovakia  5-5
 Sweden
27 March Soviet Union  2-1
 Canada
28 March East Germany  1-5
 Finland
28 March United States  8-3
 West Germany
29 March Canada  0-6
 Sweden
29 March Czechoslovakia  2-4
 Soviet Union

World Championship Group B (Austria)

Final Round

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
9  Poland 7 5 2 0 32 - 13 12
10  Romania 7 5 2 0 34 - 18 12
11  Norway 7 5 0 2 35 - 21 10
12  Yugoslavia 7 2 3 2 29 - 31 7
13  Italy 7 2 1 4 23 - 31 5
14  Austria 7 2 1 4 23 - 34 5
15  Switzerland 7 1 1 5 22 - 37 3
16  Hungary 7 0 2 5 27 - 40 2
Both Switzerland and Hungary were relegated to the 'C' pool for 1969, additionally they missed qualifying for the 1968 Olympics. No one was promoted.
18 March Hungary  6-6
 Yugoslavia
18 March Norway  1-3
 Poland
18 March Romania  7-2
 Switzerland
18 March Austria  2-4
 Italy
20 March Yugoslavia  3-3
 Poland
20 March Italy  2-7
 Romania
20 March Switzerland  2-5
 Norway
20 March Austria  5-4
 Hungary
21 March Hungary  3-7
 Poland
21 March Austria  3-8
 Yugoslavia
21 March Norway  2-3
 Romania
21 March Switzerland  5-7
 Italy
23 March Hungary  2-5
 Romania
23 March Italy  2-4
 Yugoslavia
23 March Poland  7-1
 Switzerland
23 March Austria  2-5
 Norway
25 March Italy  4-4
 Hungary
25 March Romania  3-3
 Poland
25 March Yugoslavia  2-9
 Norway
25 March Austria  5-2
 Switzerland
27 March Hungary  5-6
 Norway
27 March Poland  2-0
 Italy
27 March Switzerland  3-3
 Yugoslavia
27 March Austria  4-4
 Romania
28 March Norway  7-4
 Italy
28 March Switzerland  7-3
 Hungary
28 March Romania  5-3
 Yugoslavia
28 March Austria  2-7
 Poland

World Championship Group C (Austria)

Final Round

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
17  Japan 4 4 0 0 46 - 08 8
18  Denmark 4 2 0 2 18 - 23 4
19  Bulgaria 4 2 0 2 17 - 17 4
20  France 4 1 0 3 18 - 21 2
21  Netherlands 4 1 0 3 19 - 49 2
With the top level shrinking, no one was promoted but Japan earned a trip to the Grenoble Olympics. Belgium, Great Britain, and North Korea were expected to play in this tournament, but did not participate.[1]
19 March Bulgaria  10-3
 Netherlands
19 March Japan  11-2
 Denmark
20 March Bulgaria  3-2
 France
22 March Japan  8-2
 Bulgaria
22 March France  12-6
 Netherlands
23 March Denmark  5-2
 France
26 March Netherlands  8-7
 Denmark
26 March Japan  7-2
 France
27 March Denmark  4-2
 Bulgaria
28 March Japan  20-2
 Netherlands

Ranking and statistics

 


 1967 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Soviet Union
7th title

Tournament Awards

Final standings

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:
 Soviet Union
 Sweden
 Canada
4  Czechoslovakia
5  United States
6  Finland
7  East Germany
8  West Germany

European championships final standings

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:
 Soviet Union
 Sweden
 Czechoslovakia
4  Finland
5  East Germany
6  West Germany

Citations

  1. ^ a b Summary and explanations

References

  • Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew, eds. (2007), World of Hockey: Celebrating a Century of the IIHF, Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing, ISBN 1-55168-307-5 
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